About Us - Refrigeration & Electric Service, Inc.
Serving Polk county & greater central florida since 1949
Our Company History
Established in 1949
Refrigeration & Electric Service, Inc., was established by Jim & Jean Losey in 1949. Jim rewound electric motors, repaired refrigerators, rebuilt refrigeration compressors, and serviced appliances. Jean assisted in this and even repainted damaged appliances.
Over the years, as a result of air conditioning becoming more abundant, the focus shifted to air conditioning and refrigeration work. Now, the company specializes in the installation and service of all types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment as state certified Class A air conditioning contractors.
The Loseys ran the company until 1984 when Joe Strickler entered the business as Vice President and General Manager. He was also minority owner. Sharon Strickler came on as office manager in 1993. As the years passed, Jim retired and Joe became President and majority owner. Joe and Sharon are planning to retire in May, 2019. At that time, Chris Holley, Doug Wilkerson, and Lee Rankin will take control of the company to continue providing the quality and expertise everyone has learned to expect from Refrigeration & Electric Service, Inc.
Our lead employees have passed the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) exam for heat pump service (which includes air conditioning.) This means they are nationally recognized for proficiency in servicing and installing air conditioners and heat pumps. They are also certified by the EPA to handle refrigerants.
Refrigeration & Electric Service, Inc., is a long-time member of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. Joe is a past president of the Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association. This association has now changed to the Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Professional Association. Joe currently serves as the treasurer of this organization. Joe has been certified as a residential test & balance contractor by the National Comfort Institute and a commercial test & balance contractor by the National Balance Council.
About Chris Holley
Chris Holley has worked for R&E since 1989 and has had the titles of installer, service technician, project manager, estimator, designer, engineer, and all around trouble shooter. Chris has passed the requirements for Test & Balance Supervisor from the National Balance Institute. He has also met the requirements for NATE certification. Chris has met the requirements to become a state mechanical contractor (a step above a Class A HVAC license.) He is awaiting the final paperwork to be issued for the license. With over 34 years of HVAC experience, Chris is the epitome of an “in the field” contractor.
About Doug Wilkerson
Doug Wilkerson started his own HVAC company called Coldaire Concepts, Inc. in 2008. He merged with R&E in 2014, bringing with him his fresh approach to business and his 16 years of HVAC experience. Doug is a class A state certified air conditioning contractor.
About Lee Rankin
Lee Rankin started his career with R&E in 2002 as an installation helper and has worked his way through the ranks over the years. Lee left R&E in 2010 for an opportunity to work for a data center and building management company, but he always stayed close and worked with R&E on certain projects. He rejoined the company in 2015, bringing with him the knowledge and experience of being a factory trained Liebert technician, Carrier Controls Certified technician (I-Vue & 3V), and a Carrier 23XL chiller certified technician. He has over 16 years of HVAC installation and service experience.
We Think "Outside the box"
No Job is too big or small
Refrigeration & Electric Service, Inc., takes pride in doing jobs that others say can’t be done. Thinking “outside the box” when it comes to complex, unusual jobs helps our customers. General Contractors know Refrigeration & Electric Service, Inc., is the one to go to when “value engineering” is needed on a job that is over budget or has other problems.
Been In Business For Over 60 Years
Superior Quality Service Guaranteed
Licensed, Insured & Expierenced
Proudly Serving Polk County
Carrier is our primary brand of equipment, but other brands such as Payne (a division of Carrier) and Goodman (a division of Daikin) are available. Our service technicians are experienced on all makes and models of air conditioning equipment. We stock parts that are most frequently needed and can quickly procure anything not in our stock.
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Our service department is available with no overtime charges for 8 am to 8 pm, seven days per week. If you require 24 hour service availability, we have arrangements that can be made to provide the service you need.